Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 1970s Landscaping

December 17th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Design Through the Decades - part 58

Landscaping in the 1970s in Phoenix expanded on the landscaping designs of the 1950s and 1960s with the introduction of different tree and plant species.  For example, the Australian bottle tree made its appearance in the 1970s.  Bottle trees are messy trees and drop a lot of leaves and hard pods.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Eucalyptus trees (another Australian tree) are fast growing trees and were very popular in the 1970s and 1980s.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Carob trees provide dense shade but drop a lot of leaves.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Italian cypress trees are distinct in their shape.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

More Italian cypress trees.  Less emphasis was placed on grass lawns in front yards in the 1970s.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Juniper bushes were common in 1970s Phoenix yards.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Cedar bushes (grown into trees) continued their popularity in the 1970s as seen at this 1975 Phoenix home.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Mulberry trees and arborvitae bushes were used in the 1960s and 1970s.  This is a 1970 Phoenix residence.  Mulberry trees have heavy pollen so the male trees were banned from sale in the Phoenix area in the 1990s.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Ash trees were still planted in yards in the 1970s.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

You weren’t a true Phoenician if you didn’t have at least one citrus tree (orange, grapefruit, lemon).
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Olive trees were used often in the 1970s.  This is a 1976 Phoenix home.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Trimmed hedges and topiary bushes were still popular in the 1970s.  Pyracantha (aka firethorn) bushes were common and trained to grow up sides of houses; they have thorns and produce red berries.  Olive trees are seen here too.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

There seemed to be a trend toward planting pollinated trees in Phoenix in the 1970s:  olive, mulberry, and pine.  And messy trees in the 1970s: bottle trees, olive, carob, and pine trees.  The tall Eldarica pine tree dates this home.  Paradise Valley Mall in northeast Phoenix opened up in 1979.  They used pine trees extensively around the property.  However, the 30-foot-tall pine trees made the Mall look very “80s”; a major landscaping renovation of PV Mall took place in 2008 which removed all of the hundreds of the 1979 pine trees.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

What would Phoenix be without palm trees?  Here’s a Mediterranean fan palm.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Just like in the 1960s, having a Canary Island date palm (aka pineapple palm) with gravel rock was a popular landscape design in the 1970s.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Saguaro cacti defined desert living in Phoenix in the 1970s.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Ocotillo plants were often used in 1970s landscaping.  Most of the year, they are a bunch of thorny sticks, but burst out in green leaves twice a year.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Decorative rock and gravel were used in the 1960s and 1970s as seen at this 1975 Phoenix home.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Gravel front yards (instead of grass) with gravel “islands” were very trendy in Sun City, Arizona in the 1970s.
1970s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shirley // Nov 30, 2009 at 11:42 am

    uglyhousephotos.com has become a favorite sunday point for me

  • 2 roger // Mar 24, 2010 at 8:08 am

    THESE HOUSES ARE NOT UGLY!!!!!!!THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL

  • 3 Leif // Mar 24, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Roger, Design Through the Decades was a special bonus feature on this blog to show home design changes over the past 60 years in Phoenix. We did not mean to imply every house in the past 60 years was ugly.

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